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The question mark symbol (?) is used in chess notation to denote a move which is a mistake, or "blunder". For example, in 1.e4 e5 2.♕h5 g6? 3.♕xe5+. Two question marks (??) denotes an especially bad move, e.g. 1.e4 e5 2.♕h5 ♔e7?? 3.♕xe5#.

The exact difference between ? and ?? is largely subjective. Some maintain is that ? be used for a half-point mistake (turning a won game into a draw, or a draw into a loss) while ?? indicates that a player turned a win into a loss.

The symbol is generally thought to originate from the Latin quæstio, meaning question, which was abbreviated to 'Qo'. The capital 'Q' was written above the lowercase 'o', and this mark was transformed into the modern symbol. Another theory about the origin of the question mark proposes that the mark originated in the 9th century, when it appeared as a point followed by a wavy line, like '.~'. The point has always indicated the end of a sentence. The curved line represented the intonation pattern of a spoken question, and may be associated with a kind of early musical notation, like neums.

In some languages, most notably in Spanish typography since the 18th century, every question mark must be opened and closed; an interrogative sentence or phrase begins with an inverted question mark, "¿" and ends with the familiar question mark "?". (Source: Wikipedia article: %3F)



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Jun-09-13
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  whiteshark: Is NSA the same as NASA ?
Feb-02-14
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  Stonehenge: Does Snowden live on Mount Snowdon?
Mar-11-14  Everyone: Is <Everyone> an idiot but me ?
Mar-11-14
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  perfidious: <N0B0DY> here is an idiot, so far as I know.
Mar-11-14  N0B0DY: couldn't have said it any better.
May-09-14  N0B0DY: vegan barbecue coal
May-09-14  john barleycorn: <The exact difference between ? and ?? is largely subjective.>

No, it is exactly one ?

May-28-14
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  whiteshark: How many ghost cities does one civilization need ? ?
May-28-14
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  perfidious: How many ? moves is one allowed before suffering the ignominy of defeat???
Dec-21-14  Abdel Irada: I'd never have found this page were it not for <SwitchingQuylthulg>: Annie K. chessforum.

Dec-21-14  Abdel Irada: <perfidious: How many ? moves is one allowed before suffering the ignominy of defeat???>

One more than your opponent. :-D

Dec-21-14  Abdel Irada: <In some languages, most notably in Spanish typography since the 18th century, every question mark must be opened and closed; an interrogative sentence or phrase begins with an inverted question mark, "¿" and ends with the familiar question mark "?".>

"No, no! The combining diacritical mark goes *over* the interrobang!"

Jan-14-15
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  Stonehenge: 1. f4 e6 2. g4????
May-02-15  Abdel Irada: <perfidious: How many ? moves is one allowed before suffering the ignominy of defeat???>

It depends partly on whether they're ? or ??, and partly on your opponent's punctuation. If it contains plenty of exclams, one ? may do you in; if it has a lot of ?!s, you may survive multiple ??s.

Also, sometimes it may be possible to bluff an underconfident opponent by putting exclams after your blunders and hoping he'll believe them. (For examples, see any post by <!!>.)

May-27-15
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  OhioChessFan: I've patterned my game after him.
Jun-15-15
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  whiteshark: <The BIG ?>

http://www.bustle.com/articles/6765...

(<WARNING: <DON'T>> click any further!!!)

Jun-15-15
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  tpstar: Running Or Bust
Jan-30-16
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  whiteshark: What ever happened to <common sense> ?
Apr-21-16
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  whiteshark: Utah's Polygambitists complaining about ♙ ?
Jul-31-16
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  whiteshark: The flat earth society has members all around the globe.

? ? ?

Jul-31-16
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  tpstar: https://youtu.be/UkrkaH_V7fE

? ? ?

Jul-31-16
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  WannaBe: <whiteshark: What ever happened to <common sense> ?>

That page got deleted.

Jul-07-18
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  whiteshark: What happened to freedom of censorship ?
Jul-07-18  ChessHigherCat: <whiteshark: Is NSA the same as NASA?>

No way, the NSA is so secret it stands for No Such Agency, but NASA, more secret still, stands for Not Any Such Agency.

Dec-30-19
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  perfidious: Quo vadis?
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